Jun 25, 2007
Today’s Supreme Court ruling narrowing the right of taxpayers to sue over violations of church-state separation is disappointing but it won’t affect most legal challenges to the “faith-based” initiative, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The high court, ruling 5-4, rejected a case challenging Bush administration spending to promote the "faith-based” initiative using money from a White House discretionary fund. The court majority ruled in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation that taxpayers have no right to challenge discretionary spending by the executive branch.
Jun 20, 2007
The U.S. Senate should halt a backdoor effort to endorse discrimination by religious universities, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a June 20 letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Americans United and other civil liberties groups called for changes to the Higher Education Amendments of 2007.
Jun 13, 2007
Bishop Opposed Giuliani Candidacy In Official Diocesan Newspaper, Says Church-State Watchdog Group
The Internal Revenue Service should investigate the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, R.I., for opposing Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a June 13 complaint to the IRS, Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, writing in the diocesan newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic, appears to have violated federal tax law by attacking Giuliani and stating that he “would never support a candidate who supports legalized abortion.”
Jun 08, 2007
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked a Wisconsin public school district to stop holding graduation ceremonies at a local church.
Since at least 2001, two schools in the Elmbrook School District Brookfield East High School and Brookfield Central High School have held commencement exercises at Elmbrook Church. School officials have reportedly ignored complaints raised by members of the community.
Jun 08, 2007
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging tax funding of a “faith-based” program that had been operating at a Bradford County jail.
Officials with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency have agreed to a number of conditions to settle the case. Among them are agreements that federal and state funds will not be used to support religious activities and that tax-funded programs will not religiously discriminate among or religiously coerce program participants.